Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Oct 2011 15:45 UTC
Google "The announcement that Nexus One users won't be getting upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich led some to justifiably question Google's support of their devices. I look at it a little differently: Nexus One owners are lucky. I've been researching the history of OS updates on Android phones and Nexus One users have fared much, much better than most Android buyers." I'm happy the modding community takes care of orphaned devices, but a solution it is not. I'm hoping the crop of Android phones released this past year - which were not included in this analysis - fair better. If there's one thing Google should steal from Apple, it's their iOS update support.
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That article is pure garbage...
by fatjoe on Thu 27th Oct 2011 21:39 UTC
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2010-01-12

Yes, I would love to get more frequent updates on my androids phones. That said, that article is pure garbage for several reasons.

First of all, that sites main purpose is to talk crap about Android (just check some other articles and have a good laugh).

Android phones get a lot of updates. They get continuous updates in background. For example the market app is updated every other week and with that comes a lot of security related patches. We also get a lot of system updates within the same Android version. For example, the SE X10 have had 4-5 major updates plus 2 OS updates (1.6->2.1->2.3). And in that particular case the "normal" updates did much much more to improve the user experience than the OS updates.

Then we have the situation with availability. Just because Google have announced Android 5.0, it doesn't mean it is available. Sometimes it is immediately available on Nexus, sometimes we need to wait 4-8 months before the OS is actually out.

Also, some OS versions are NOT meant to be available on all phones. For example, the 2.0 update was only meant as a quick fix for some Motorola phone. Same goes for 3.0 and 3.1 and phones (non-tablets). Add that to the equation and the graphs will look completely different.


There are some other issues I would like to discuss, but if you have come this far and still are not convinced... well, go to the original article and read the section about 99 cent prices to see what kind of clueless fanboy we are dealing with.

Edited 2011-10-27 21:41 UTC

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